Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018.
Tip-Off: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Toledo, Ohio.
Arena: Savage Arena (7,014).
Radio: Rocket Radio Network. WSPD (1370 AM) in Toledo.
SETTING THE SCENE
A red-hot Toledo squad (14-6, 6-1 MAC) brings a season-high six-game winning streak into its 'Battle of I-75' matchup vs. Bowling Green (12-8, 3-4 MAC) on Saturday, Jan. 27. The Rockets' contest with the Falcons will be the lone meeting between the two schools this season. UT is coming off an 85-81 victory over Western Michigan, while BGSU dropped its second straight with a 93-62 setback at Northern Illinois. Tip-off time from Savage Arena is set for 7:00 p.m. with the game being streamed on ESPN3.
Tuesday's victory in Kalamazoo gave the Rockets a three-game lead in the Mid-American Conference's West Division over Western Michigan (11-9, 3-4 MAC) and Ball State (12-8, 3-4 MAC). Toledo and Buffalo (15-5, 7-0 MAC) are the only two teams in the MAC with less than three defeats.
Senior guard Tre'Shaun Fletcher and junior guard Jaelan Sanford spearheaded the Rocket attack against WMU with 22 and 21 points, respectively, while freshman guard Marreon Jackson contributed a career-high 15 points. Junior forward Taylor Adway led the Rockets on the boards with a career-high 10 rebounds to go along with seven points.
• The last time UT won six in a row in MAC play occurred Jan. 24-Feb. 10, 2015. During its current six-game win streak, UT possesses an average margin of victory of 13.5 ppg and has trailed for just 19 minutes and nine seconds (8:17 vs. KSU, 7:27 @WMU, 2:17 @Ohio & 1:08 vs. Akron).
• Fletcher is the lone individual to appear in the MAC's Top 10 in points, rebounds and assists with 18.4 ppg (4th), 8.3 rpg (3rd) and 4.0 apg (8th). Fletcher also tops the MAC in league play at 20.1 ppg, while Sanford is sixth with 18.3 ppg.
• Jackson ranks second in the MAC with a 45.8 3PTFG% and is fifth with a 2.0 assist/turnover ratio, while junior forward Nate Navigato is third with 2.9 treys per game and fifth with a 43.5 3PTFG%. Sophomore center Luke Knapke is tied for third in the MAC with a 58.3 field-goal percentage and fifth with 1.5 blocks per game.
• As a team, Toledo ranks 12th nationally (as of Jan. 23) with its 41.4 3PTFG% and also tops the MAC with its 47.1 FG% and 10.2 three-point FGs per game. The Rockets are also second with 80.2 ppg, 15.6 apg and a 1.3 assist/turnover ratio.
• Bowling Green possesses a 6-3 win-loss mark on the road and has split its four MAC road contests. The Falcons rank third in the MAC with 78.9 ppg but are last in scoring defense (78.9 ppg.)
• Redshirt freshman guard Justin Turner leads BGSU with 15.6 ppg. Junior center Demajeo Wiggins ranks second in the MAC with 9.5 rpg and is the Falcons' top scorer in league play at 16.0 ppg.
• Toledo leads its all-time series against Bowling Green by a 90-80 margin and has won seven of its last eight meetings against its arch-rival. UT won two of three meetings last year, including a 77-62 home victory in the first round of the MAC Tournament.
OWLING GREEN, Ohio - Toledo (13-7, 4-4 MAC) will look to get back on the winning track on Saturday, Jan. 27 when the 2017 Mid-American Conference Champions travel to arch-rival Bowling Green (10-9, 2-6 MAC). Game time is slated for 2:00 p.m. in the Stroh Center and will be streamed live on ESPN3.
UT has dropped its last two contests against MAC East Division leader Buffalo, 87-69, and most recently Kent State, 62-55. The Rockets were hurt by turnovers and poor shooting from the outside in the losses, averaging 20.5 miscues and connecting on only 26.3 percent (10-of-38) from three-point land.
Toledo currently sits in fifth place in the MAC West Division standings, four games behind leader Central Michigan (15-3, 7-0 MAC) and one contest below second-place Ball State (16-3, 5-3 MAC), Western Michigan (12-8, 5-3 MAC) and Eastern Michigan (9-10, 5-3 MAC).
On Wednesday, the Golden Flashes won the MAC cross-division contest at the free throw line to snap UT's 15-game home winning streak, the sixth-longest unbeaten stretch in school history. KSU converted 30-of-38 (78.9 percent) at the charity stripe, while the Rockets shot 12-of-18 (66.7 percent).
Junior Mikaela Boyd paced UT with 19 points and a game-high 13 boards to post her fifth double-double over the last seven games. Boyd filled up the stat sheet against the reigning MAC East Champions, tallying a contest-best five helpers and a game-tying high three steals in a contest-best 39 minutes.
Sophomore Mariella Santucci was the only other Rocket in double figures with a season-tying best 13 points off the bench.
Junior Kaayla McIntyre chipped in with eight points, 10 caroms, a game-high three rejections and a contest-tying best three steals in 35 minutes. Despite the solid numbers across the board, McIntyre was held under 10 points for the first time in the last 17 games.
As a team, the Rockets were limited to 31.7 percent (19-of-60) from the floor, including 21.7 percent (5-of-23) from three-point land.
Jordan Korinek led KSU with a game-high 30 points and 11 rebounds. Korinek did a majority of the damage at the line, shooting 17-of-18 to help KSU record its first win in Savage Arena since Jan. 27, 2007.
Toledo, which is 4-6 away from home, continues to be fueled offensively by the trio of McIntyre, Boyd and senior Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott, who are tallying 14.9, 11.5 and 11.4 ppg, respectively.
The Rockets will take on a Bowling Green team which has split its last four contests, most recently suffering an 82-41 setback at Ball State on Wednesday. Kennedy Williams and Madisen Parker paced the Falcons with seven points each against the Cardinals.
BGSU, which is 5-4 at home this season, features four players scoring at least 9.0 ppg and is led by All-MAC candidate Carly Santoro's 13.4 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 1.7 spg.
UT and BGSU will meet for the only time during the regular season and 77th time overall. Bowling Green leads the all-time series, 42-34, but Toledo has won four in a row and seven of the last eight match-ups against its cross-division rival. The Rockets are also in the midst of a four-game road winning streak versus the Falcons in Wood County.
Toledo has outscored Bowling Green by 13.3 ppg (70.3-57.0) during the four-game winning streak. In addition, three of UT's victories have been by at least 14 points.
As a team, UT is shooting 45.7 percent (96-of-210) from the field during the unbeaten stretch, including 39.7 percent (23-of-58) from three-point land, and 72.5 percent (66-of-91) from the charity stripe.
Defensively, Toledo has limited BGSU to 38.4 percent (83-of-216) from the floor, including 24.1 percent (20-of-83) from beyond the arc, and 70.3 percent (52-of-74) from the free throw line.
The Midnight Blue & Gold is also outrebounding Bowling Green by 5.7 rpg (37.5-31.8) and dishing out an additional 5.3 apg (12.8-7.5) in posting its longest winning streak in the series since winning four in a row from 1998-2000.
A year ago, Toledo secured a 74-59 triumph against Bowling Green in Savage Arena (Feb. 11).
Following tomorrow's contest, Toledo will remain on the road and travel to MAC West Division foe Western Michigan (12-8, 5-3 MAC) on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Game time versus the Broncos is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in University Arena and will be streamed live on ESPN3.
UT and WMU will meet for the first of two match-ups during the regular season and 77th time overall. The Rockets will host the Broncos on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2:00 p.m. in Savage Arena.
Toledo leads the all-time series, 55-21, and has won the last seven contests against its division rival. UT also holds a 23-12 advantage in games played in Kalamazoo.
A season ago, the Rockets swept the regular-season series, claiming a 72-66 road victory (Feb. 8) and a 75-67 home triumph (Feb. 25).
THE FALCONS: A QUICK OVERVIEW
BGSU is 10-9 on the season, and the Falcons are 2-6 in Mid-American Conference play. BG is 5-4 at the Stroh Center, 4-5 in true road games and 1-0 in neutral-site contests this season to date.
The Falcons opened the season with seven games in a 19-day span. BGSU went 6-1 during that time, then began December by downing Xavier before a large School Day crowd at the Stroh. But, BG then dropped six of the last seven games.
After an 82-73 win over Ferris State, BG suffered a loss at Cincinnati to end the non-conference slate, then opened league play with four losses vs. West Division foes. BGSU lost at Western Michigan, at home to Eastern Michigan and Ball State, and on the road vs. Central Michigan. The Brown and Orange snapped the five-game losing streak with a 66-64 win at Akron, and BG then downed Kent State, 60-50, last Wednesday. But, Ohio snapped the Falcons' modest two-game winning streak with a 70-63 verdict at the Stroh last Saturday, and BG lost a Wednesday matchup at Ball State (Note: Unfortunately, we don't remember the score of the BSU game, but there's probably a PDF of the box somewhere around page 20).
Head coach Jennifer Roos and her staff – which is comprised of assistant coaches Jacey Brooks, Nick Moore and Jessie Ivey, director of operations Monique Rosati and video coordinator Amanda Cutcher – welcomed back a total of nine returning players, including three starters, from a year ago. The list of returnees includes two seniors, three juniors and four second-year Falcons.
Rachel Myers and Haley Puk make up the senior class, while Maddie Cole, Sydney Lambert and Carly Santoro each are in their junior year. Sophomores Andrea Cecil, Caterrion Thompson and Jane Uecker also return, as does Clare Glowniak, who is a redshirt freshman in terms of eligibility after missing the bulk of last season due to injury.